05 OCT 2016
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World CP Day, on 5 October 2016, is a perfect time to celebrate and learn more about cerebral palsy - the most common physical disability in childhood. Acceptance of diversity and empathy for people living with a disability is one of the most important building blocks for tolerance and inclusion.

5 thing you can do on October 5

  1. Wear the World CP Day colour – green. Decorate your classrooms with green balloons and ribbons. How about a green cake?
  2. Post your photo, location and story on the World CP Day Map. Show you care about CP!
  3. Watch a video or read some books about CP to get an understanding of life with CP.
  4. Invite a person with CP to speak to your class about how YOU can make a difference.
  5. Learn about some of the issues facing people with CP around the world, and brainstorm ideas for how your class or school could take action.

Resources for schools

Posters, placards and guides

Videos about CP

Children’s books about physical disabilities

Picture books

  • Nicholas Nigel Norris, by Susan McLevie, Ann Cutter, Rachel Norris
    This book explores the questions that children with cerebral palsy have about being different, and has been an Australian favourite for many years. Our thanks to the publishers, Ability Centre, for making this available as a PDF to download for free.
  • My Friend Suhana, by Shaila M.Abdullah
    A heartwarming tale of a little girl who forms a close bond with a friend who has CP. The girl finds that, through her art, she can reach her special friend Suhana.
  • Don’t Call Me Special, by Pat Thomas
    This delightful book explores questions and concerns about physical disabilities in a simple and reassuring way. Younger children can find out about individual disabilities, equipment that is available to help children with a disability, and how people with disabilities can live happy and full lives.
  • Giraffes Can’t Dance, by Giles Andreae, Guy Parker-Rees (Illustrator)
    Gerald the giraffe longs to dance, but his legs are too skinny and his neck is too long. At the Jungle Dance, the warthogs waltz, the chimps cha-cha, and the lions tango. “Giraffes can’t dance,” they all jeer when it’s Gerald’s turn to prance. But with some sound advice from a wise cricket, Gerald starts swaying to his own sweet tune.
  • Best Friends, Sheri Safran, Mark Chambers (Illustrator)
    A boy in a wheelchair and his best friend pretend they’re pirates on a ship, mountain climbers, astronauts, explorers and Olympic sprinters. But even when they’re not playing make-believe, they have a great time together doing everyday things – swimming and basketball – because they’re best friends.

Books for older children and teachers

  • Oshie by Jon Blake
    Oshie is an engaging, funny, enthusiastic and often rebellious boy – it just so happens he has cerebral palsy. In these four stories, Oshie wins the admiration and hearts of his classmates for the abilities which compensate for, and partially arise, out of his disability.
  • Thimble Monkey Superstar, by John Blake
    Jams Cogan, a boy with CP, and the lovable anarchic monkey who comes to live with him. Jams and his mum love Thimble, but Dad is determined to get rid of him – to a zoo, a school, even a demolition site. But when Jams and his Dad are in mortal danger, Thimble proves once and for all why he is a Monkey Superstar!
  • Romeo Riley, Private Eye (series), by April M Whitt
    Romeo was born with cerebral palsy. His CP affects his speech and mobility. It does not, however, affect his ability to solve mysteries! He stays on the go in power wheel chair, and speaks with an electronic communication device. But there are no limits to the trouble he gets into.
  • Eddie’s Blue Winged Dragon, by CS Adler
    With a bully after him and a sixth grade teacher who can’t understand his speech, school was hard for a kid with cerebral palsy like Eddie. Eddie needs to find a gift for his little sister’s sixth birthday. In the Treasure Shop, Eddie and his friend Gary discovered a great gift – a blue winged dragon.
  • Can I Tell You About Cerebral Palsy? A Guide for Friends, Family and Professionals, by Marion Stanton, Katie Stanton (Illustrator)
    Sophie invites readers to learn about CP from her perspective – what it is like to use a wheelchair to move around, and use assistive technology to communicate. She introduces readers to some of her friends who have different forms of CP and explains that living with CP can sometimes be difficult, but there are many ways she is supported so that she can lead a full and happy life.

Issues affecting people with CP

There are 6 key issues that affect people with CP around the world, irrespective of geographical, cultural and economic differences.

Learn more about those issues and then brainstorm ideas about how you can take action to create a better world for people living with CP:

Inclusive classrooms

These factsheets were developed by Cerebral Palsy Alliance in Australia and are designed to help teachers understand cerebral palsy and ways to support children with CP in the classroom or learning centre.

They cover topic such as communication, writing, learning issues, seating, mealtimes, encouraging independence, sport and physical education.